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December 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Proposed $15 minimum wage is an insult to semi-skilled laborers

If you don’t like your salary, change your attitude about work

It would be nice if the fast food workers got a $5-plus pay raise, but would that office worker who is making $13 an hour get a $6-an-hour raise to maintain that pay equality? [“$15 pay push: Seattle’s turn,” page one, Dec. 5].

Fast-food jobs are entry-level jobs, much like pumping gas down in Oregon. And for them to start making more money than semi-skilled laborers is an insult. Isn’t this just fueling inflation? Are all the teachers’ aids at the University of Washington going to quit and get a higher paying job at Taco Bell? Why waste a couple hundred thousand dollars in education if the local Jack in the Box is paying more.

About 35 years ago they tried that pay equality stuff down in Satsop, Grays Harbor County. First the masons went on strike, then the steel workers went out. The pipe fitters had to strike to maintain the pay gap. The carpenters, electricians, teamsters, all the way back around to the masons, were no longer making what they thought they should compared to the other trades.

If you don’t like your salary, do something about it: change your attitude about work, finish school and get an education.

— Randall W. Tracey, Bremerton

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